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Injuries to Eyes and Teeth: Common But Preventable

Because the use of mouth guards in youth and high school football, lacrosse, and ice hockey has been mandatory since the early 1970's, these sports have experienced a dramatic decline in the number of dental and jaw injuries. Instead, published reports show that the majority of mouth injuries occur in such popular youth sports as baseball, basketball, soccer, field hockey, softball and gymnastics, which lag far behind in injury protection. Recent studies also report that oral and facial injuries to female athletes exceed those in males.

Emotional Injuries: The Pain Is No Less Real

Perhaps because the damage caused by emotional abuse in youth sports is not obvious, like sexual abuse, or immediately apparent, like a physical injury, its effect is often overlooked and minimized. But the damage is no less real, and, in fact, may be much more damaging and long-lasting.

Emotional abuse is a serious and widespread problem in youth sports and takes many forms: parents angrily criticizing their child's sports performance, coaches angrily yelling at a player for making a mistake, and youth athletes being teased or yelled at by a fan or seen a fan angrily yell at or tease another player.

Playing from the Same Playbook on Concussions

Because the signs and symptoms of concussions are not obvious as a broken leg or a sprained ankle and are often very subtle, because the vast majority don't involve a loss of consciousness, and because self-reporting by athletes is critical to the detection and treatment of concussions, the only way parents can sit in the stands without worrying sick about what might happen if their son or daughter suffers a concussion is if they know they and their child's program takes concussions very seriously and that every member of the team is using the same playbook.

Protecting Our Children Against Sudden Cardiac Death

Since 2000 MomsTeam has been a leader in on-line education about the dangers of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in children playing sports, either as a result of a congenital heart abnormality or from an ill-timed blow to the chest from a ball or stick that sends the heart into a potentially fatal arrhythmia (a condition called Commotio Cordis).

Keeping Our Children In the Game

The best way for parents to keep their children safe while playing sports is by becoming educated themselves. If parents are aware of the most common injuries in the sport their child is playing and how to prevent those injuries they can insist that their child’s program take the steps needed to keep them healthy and in the game.

Detailed Medical History Important Part of Sports Physical

While the forms doctors fill out during an athlete's pre-participation physical evaluation or exam (PPE), here's what should be covered during
the medical history part of any sports physical.

All Pre-Participation Evaluation Forms Are Not Created Equal

A school or independent youth sports organization (YSO) should require a preparticipation physical exam or evaluation (PPE) before allowing a child to practice or play an organized sport. In most places, not just any PPE form will do. Most schools or sports programs specify the PPE form that has to be completed.

Pre-Participation Physical Evaluations: A Guide for Sports Parents

Most experts agree that you should have your child undergo a thorough preparticipation evaluation or sports physical (PPE) every year. Not only can a PPE be an effective tool in identifying athletes who should not be playing sports because they have congenital heart defects or a history of concussions, but it is also useful in identifying medical problems effecting sports participation, such as asthma or the female athlete triad.

Dehydration At Summer Sports Camps Common, Studies Say

If your child is heading off to sports camp this summer, experts say that the chances are he or she will be dehydrated at camp.  According to studies at the University of Connecticut, between 50 and 75 percent of boys and girls attending summer sports camps are significantly dehydrated, with 25 to 30 percent of the campers studied showed signs of serious dehydration, putting them at increased risk of heat-related illnesses.

Too Hot to Play Sports? Depends on Heat Index

When the heat index is above 95 degrees, athletes, especially children, are at increased risk of heat-related illness. Cancelling or modifying practices and games, or taking others to reduce the risk of heat illness, should be taken.
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